Nothing brings your house to a screeching halt like a blocked drain. It doesn’t matter where in the house it is– kitchen, bathroom, sink, shower, tub– any slow or completely stopped drain will get in the way of the many things you have to do in your busy day. Even worse, a bad enough blockage can cause overflows, major messes, bad smells, and other things that you just don’t need to deal with.

At-home unclogging solutions like plungers often leave you disappointed, and chemical drain cleaners can damage your pipes, creating leaks that will cause more issues in the future. Instead, you need professional drain cleaning and unclogging services from The Plumbing Works

How Do I Know If I Have a Clogged Drain?

The most obvious sign of a clogged drain is that your sink, tub, shower, or other fixture is emptying more slowly than it should be. It’s important to take care of these issues while they’re still only causing slow draining instead of completely blocking off the pipe. Other signs of a clog could include bad smells coming from your sink, toilet, or shower. These occur when the blockages rapidly grow bacteria. If you notice other drains in the house backing up while a different drain is in use, it indicates a clog deep in the pipes. 

What Causes Clogged Drains?

Anything that gets into your drains that isn’t supposed to be there will likely cause a clog. Hair, grease, sludge, and food particles are common culprits, as are foreign objects like small toys put into the drain by children. Tree roots are another common cause, and corrosion of the pipes can lead to slow draining as well.

How Do Professional Plumbers Clean Drains?

At The Plumbing Works, we have a number of professional methods for getting your pipes clear and your drains running again. First, we use drain cameras as needed to be able to see and assess the clog so that we can decide how best to tackle it. We also utilize drain cables that can grab and break up the clog, hydrojetting technology that blasts highly pressurized water into the pipe to clear a blockage, and we can even replace and repair pipes and sewer components to get to the root of the problem.

How Often Should I Get My Drains Cleaned?

Drain cleaning should be a part of the regular plumbing maintenance you undertake for your home. We recommend that you have your drains professionally cleaned at least once a year or so, or as needed if you deal with very frequent clogs. Being proactive about your drains will help prevent these problems from escalating and becoming more difficult and expensive to fix!

Where Can I Get Emergency Drain Cleaning?

If you’re dealing with a serious drain clog right now, contact The Plumbing Works in Reading and Lancaster, PA! We’ll help you get your pipes clear and your home running smoothly again.

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